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Front Range Lumber split rail fence blog post

A picket-type fence is most common, but a good alternative where privacy is not an issue is a split rail type fence.

Often generically referred to as split rail; but more accurately there is a true split rail cedar fence versus a post and rail type fence. Both types have multiple (2 or 3) horizontal rails with matching posts drilled to accept the rail ends.

Posts come in Line, Corner, and End varieties. As you would expect, line posts are for a straight fence run, corners for corners and the end post is for the fence’s termination.

Generally, the post and rail version comes in rounded, treated logs with the rail ends doweled to fit into the posts.

The split rail comes in cedar split from logs, therefore the parts are irregular and rough in appearance.

Like so many other products, don’t be deceived just by the price of split rail.

Many outlets sell the rails in 8’ lengths – of course they are less expensive than 10’ pieces BUT since they only cover 8’ of your fence line, you’ll end up needing more posts!

Front Range Lumber recommends that you do NOT install these posts in concrete to allow for easy replacement. Metal netting can be affixed to this type of fence to contain smaller pets.

More about fencing and fence supplies.

Front Range Lumber is your Metro Denver and Northern Colorado source for quality fencing lumber, fence hardware, and fence accessories.

We offer a wide range of fence lumber styles in a selection of different materials, including western red cedar and maintenance-free vinyl.

We also have fence accessories including a variety of gate and hardware options, caps, finials, specialty parts and more.

Read more about fencing materials and all of our available sizes when you’re ready to start your fence project. We Deliver!


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